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Recipe Kids Can Make: "No Bake" Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Updated on October 23, 2018
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Chocolate, Nuts, and Oatmeal - Yum!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Source

Children Ages 2 Through 8 Learn While Making These

This is a yummy cookie which does not require an oven, but does require boiling of some of the ingredients. Therefore, a responsible teen or adult must be involved in the creation. So, grandmas, parents, and caregivers, pull out your aprons and let's go.

Educational Benefits:

I have made this in a childcare center with mixed groups of kindergartners through third graders. I have also made it at home with preschoolers. It is a marvelous way for children -

  • to see how food is made
  • to hear mathematical words such as “one half“ (fractions), “two” (cardinal numbers), “ tablespoons,” and “cups” (geometry - volume)
  • to use of motor skills and eye-hand coordination in dumping the ingredients into the mixing bowl.


(Yes, I am a teacher!)

Safety First

Safety is essential to the kid-friendliness of this recipe. In order to do this, the recipe uses a few more bowls or pots than adults would use to make these cookies, But, this method eliminates the need for any child to be stirring a heated saucepan. Safety keeps the process fun and worry-free. If you can use non-breakable measures and utensils, that also is recommended.

Ingredients

  • 2 and ½ cups of uncooked oatmeal
  • ½ cup of soynut butter* or peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons of dry cocoa powder (the unsweetened, strong stuff)
  • ½ cup of milk (whatever kind and fat percentage you like)
  • 2 cups of white sugar

*soynut butter has a little less fat

Cookie Ingredients

Part one of the Cookie Ingredients
Part one of the Cookie Ingredients | Source

You choose -

Nut Butters

Part Two of the Ingredients: Soynut or Peanut Butter
Part Two of the Ingredients: Soynut or Peanut Butter | Source

Utensils And Supplies:

  • Aprons
  • Measuring cups in one cup and one-half cup sizes
  • Measuring spoons in one teaspoon and one Tablespoon sizes
  • Large mixing bowl (about 12 inches diameter)
  • Large stirring spoon (wooden or about 15 inches long)
  • About 3 table knives and 2 soup spoons
  • Waxed paper
  • Spatula

Stove top and small saucepan

OR

Microwave oven and 4-cup sized microwave safe bowl/Pyrex container

Many of the utensils you will need.
Many of the utensils you will need. | Source

Once again, you choose - 

Get the saucepan out for stovetop boiling, or if you are using the microwave oven, select a microwave safe dish that is large enough for the expansion of boiling.
Get the saucepan out for stovetop boiling, or if you are using the microwave oven, select a microwave safe dish that is large enough for the expansion of boiling. | Source

Procedure

All the pouring listed below can be done by a child.

Pour dry oatmeal into the big bowl.

Add the nut butter to the big bowl in little hunks. Then, use the table knives to stir, pound, slice, and mix the nut butter into the oatmeal. If you think these knives are not good for your child, go with large spoons. The result will be nut butter coarsely cut throughout the oats, but certainly not a totally uniform mixture.

If using stove top, the child can put the milk, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract into an unheated saucepan (NOT the big bowl) at a counter or table.

Stir well.

Now the ADULT takes the saucepan to the stove top and brings it to a boil. While watching it and adjusting the heat level to prevent a “boiling over event,” boil for one minute. PLEASE stay by that pot!

Or, If Using Microwave Oven

If using microwave oven, the child can put the milk, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract into the separate microwave-safe bowl. Stir well.

Now the ADULT takes the bowl and places it in the microwave.

Then WATCH CAREFULLY as you bring to a boil in microwave and boil for half a minute. A boil-over can happen (I call it erupting) near the end. You want to hit the Clear/Cancel button on the microwave the moment you see rapid bubbling of the liquid.


(CHOCOLATE MOUNT VESUVIUS can happen! It has happened to me when using a microwave.)



Final Steps

Under either heating method, the adult brings the melted cocoa mix to the large bowl and pours it into the bowl with the oatmeal ingredients.

The child and adult may take turns to stir it well.

The heat of this liquid cocoa mix melts the nut butter and helps it spread throughout the batter.

Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.

The cookies will cool at room temperature, however if you want to cool them faster because you JUST CAN’T WAIT TO TASTE THEM, you can put them in the refrigerator or freezer.

To do this, use a cookie tray or other hard, flat dish under the waxed paper so that you can lift it and carry it without dropping all the cookies on the floor.

Enjoy!

Cookies!
Cookies! | Source

Enjoying food is one of the gifts of being alive. Maren has had many a special moment, not only in eating with friends and family, but especially in preparing foods with her sons which always included adding that special ingredient: love.


© 2009 Maren Elizabeth Morgan

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    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I think that using Nutella would be scrumptious!

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      JosieJohnson 

      5 years ago from Where Life Takes Me

      Best idea ever. I wonder can I use Nutella instead my son is allergic to peanut butter and loves Nutella?

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Gibger, I am sorry to hear that. without knowing anything about which options you chose (boiling versus microwaving) (what kind of peanut butter), I would suggest that you try putting this batch in the freezer to firm them up. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Gibger 

      7 years ago

      Mine didn't get hard

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      9 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks!

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      9 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I'm glad it was useful.

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      frogger 

      9 years ago

      thanks this helped me with my speech class and homework

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